Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
April 3, 2010
Standings after 2 sessions:
M1: Sweden 1, France 5; China 4, Germany 5; Japan 6, Italy 7; Norway 4, Scotland 5.
M2: Italy 6, China 7(extra end); Canada 6, USA 5; Switzerland 3, Denmark 9; Japan 3, Germany 9.
Germany’s Andy Kapp stands alone at the top of the rankings with two wins after the first day of play in the 2010 Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship in Cortina. He followed up an opening 5-4 win over China with a 9-3 defeat of Japan, thanks largely to a score of five in the ninth end, after which Japan conceded. By contrast, this was Japan’s second loss of the day as they had earlier gone down to hosts Italy by 6-7.
Scotland’s Warwick Smith opened against Norway and had a 5-4 win, although the Norwegians, silver medallists at the recent Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, were forced into a last-minute line-up change when skip Thomas Ulsrud had to return home to Norway when his wife became ill.
Other opening day winners included Canada’s Kevin Koe, making his debut at this level. He beat USA by 6-3 after giving up a steal of one in the first end. Afterwards, Koe said, “It’s nice to get off to a good start, especially with this being our first Worlds. It was a good win for us because we had a bit of a shaky start. But I thought in the second half of the game we were good”.
Also winning on the first day were France’s Thomas Dufour, who beat Sweden by 5-1, and Denmark’s Johnny Frederiksen, who had a 9-3 victory over Switzerland.